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Old March 13th, 2011 #1
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Default £27k pay rise for "share the pain of cuts" police chief

A police chief who told frontline officers they must ‘share the pain’ of job cuts has seen the salary for his post rise by more than £27,000.

Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, received a pay-and-pension package of more than £210,000 last year – 14 per cent more than that given to his predecessor in 2009.

The increase will infuriate frontline officers, some of whom are likely to suffer salary cuts of at least £3,000.

Cannock Chase Tory MP Aidan Burley said: ‘We have just lost our dedicated town centre beat officer in Cannock because of the cuts and the ACPO president’s pay rise would pay for his post.

‘I doubt Sir Hugh would like to work Saturday nights dispersing drunks and breaking up fights, so I suggest he forgoes this bloated and insulting pay rise at a time of national austerity.’

Sir Hugh told ACPO’s conference last summer that police must ‘share the pain’ of public-sector cuts, adding that ‘hard choices’ must be made.

He said: ‘The harsh reality is that, depending on the severity of the cuts ahead, it would be misleading in the extreme if we were to suggest that the size of the service is sustainable.’

ACPO trades as a private company and is funded with £10 million a year from the taxpayer.

Ventures it runs include selling information from the Police National Computer for up to £70 a time, even though ACPO pays 60p to obtain the data.

ACPO has also been criticised for spending millions meant for counter-terrorism work on luxury London flats for senior officers.

Sir Hugh, who used to lead the Police Service of Northern Ireland, became ACPO President last September, taking over from former Sussex Chief Constable Sir Ken Jones.

His duties include meeting politicians, advising the Government on anti-crime policy and representing the interests of senior officers.

ACPO’s accounts show the rate for the president’s job in the year ending March 2009 was £153,810 in salary and £29,988 in pension contributions, making a total of £183,798.

Accounts for the year ending March 2010 put Sir Hugh’s salary at £176,074 and payments for his pension at £34,910, bringing his total remuneration to £210,984.

That represents a year-on-year increase of £27,186. Sir Hugh also receives a police and Civil Service pension built up over a 35-year police career. His salary in his old job as Ulster police chief was £183,954.

The Police Federation has vowed to fight ‘cataclysmic’ cuts proposed in a review by former Rail Regulator Tom Winsor.

In his Government-commissioned report, Mr Winsor also called for the suspension of a scheme which has enabled most Chief Constables to collect five-figure bonuses of 15 per cent on top of their salaries.

An ACPO spokesman said: ‘Sir Hugh represents the professional views of senior officers across the police service and draws a salary commensurate with that role.

The status of the position and the influence it carries require an officer with the appropriate leadership and experience.’
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